Men's Basketball

    Men's basketball signs two

    April 19, 2013

    VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota men’s basketball head coach Dave Boots is pleased to announce the signing of Ricardo Thompson of Stillwater, Okla., and Tavian Pomlee of Davenport, Iowa, to National Letters of Intent. Both athletes will enroll at and compete for USD in the fall.

    Ricardo Thompson played under head coach Mike Davis at Stillwater High School. Thompson was ranked the seventh-best player in the state of Oklahoma and received first-team All-State honors after averaging 19.6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game as a senior.

    “We are very pleased to add Rico and Tavian to our program,” said head coach Dave Boots. “Rico is a true point guard with excellent quickness and very good skills. He shows leadership at the position and will be an excellent defensive player.”

    Tavian Pomlee played under head coach Jim Morris at Iowa Western Community College, the fourth-ranked team in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I. Pomlee was named first-team All-Region XI after leading his team to a 32-3 record and a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament Elite Eight. He averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds while hitting 38 percent of his 3-point baskets and 84 percent of his free throws and increased his scoring output to 17.6 points per game in conference play.

    “Tavian is a very long and athletic player,” Boots said. “He can play multiple positions and has a very strong skill set. His strongest asset is 3-point shooting along with the ability to be an excellent defensive player.”

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